Get a Life with Nature

first_imgFeeling bored, low on energy, exhausted?  Don’t reach for a cup of coffee.  Get out into nature.  Researchers at the University of Rochester ran some controlled experiments on college students and found that those who spent a little time outdoors felt happier and more energetic.  “Spending time in nature makes people feel more alive,” the article on PhysOrg announced.  “Being outside in nature for just 20 minutes in a day is enough to significantly boost vitality levels, according to new University of Rochester psychology research.”    The findings, published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology, appear to be distinguished from merely exercising or socializing.  Four different experiments were run in an attempt to isolate the effect of nature alone – including some tests with just photographs, looking out windows, and visualizing oneself outdoors with and without companions.  In each case, the students who participated in either actually being outdoors or visualizing themselves outdoors recorded an increase in vitality.  The authors concluded that it was the presence of nature, not just the companionship or exercise, that contributed to the vitalizing and energizing effect.  Furthermore, this result appears robust in that it correlates with earlier studies that show people gaining a better sense of well-being, generosity and caring when relating to nature.    “Nature is fuel for the soul,” said Richard Ryan, the lead author of the study.  “….Nature is something within which we flourish, so having it be more a part of our lives is critical, especially when we live and work in built environments.”  He believes that access to parks and natural surroundings in our cities is an important consequence of these studies.We leave it as an exercise to figure out in what sense nature is being used here.  Nature is a very slippery word that can refer to all kinds of things, even opposite things.  Presumably we all are thinking together that here it refers to trees, grass, birds – nice outdoorsy things.    What can you do in your situation to take advantage of the lessons of this entry?  Here are some easy suggestions.  Take a walk outside every day – either at work, or before or after work.  Decorate your house with plants and nature photographs.  Build more windows in your house or office.  Take more vacations to national parks or scenic locations.  Learn an outdoor hobby like nature photography, birdwatching, tidepooling, astronomy, camping, backpacking, sailing, river rafting or canoeing, bicycling, or whatever is appropriate to your age and skill.  This is a good habit to build into your life.  Think of it as an investment: put some assets into your bank of vitality.    One of our sister ministries is called Creation Safaris – a Christian camping and hiking ministry with a variety of outings in the southern California area.  It’s just one of many like-minded educational and recreational ministries that combine creation information with fun, fellowship and adventure.  Take a look at our photo gallery as an experiment in how visualizing nature brings vitality and see if it works for you.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Local vendors still cashing in on 2010

first_imgSoweto vendors are hard at work, makingcraft to send overseas to tourists whocame for the World Cup and loved theirwork. (Image: Makoena Pabale) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dennis Creighton Soweto Tours +27 11 315 1534 RELATED ARTICLES • SA vendors ready for World Cup • Millions to boosts SA’s 2010 legacy • SA gains from 2010 security plan • World Cup’s transport legacyNosimilo Ramela It’s been six months since the final game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was played in South Africa and the last of the foreign tourists returned home, but small vendors in this country say they are still reaping the benefits.  South African street traders say that brushing up on different languages ahead of the tournament was really worth it – and they’re still getting craft orders from overseas fans.Thulani Mabhena is a vendor outside the Hector Peterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto – South Africa’s biggest township. He picked up some French so that he’d be able to converse with World Cup tourists who visited the museum and expressed interest in buying some of his handmade crafts.A hot spot for tourists in general, the museum on Khumalo Street commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising and is named after the first pupil who was killed in the protest.“My business did really well during the World Cup,” said Mabhena, who sells handmade beaded leather shoes, shirts, hats, wooden bangles, wooden wine glasses, handmade painted tablecloths, calabashes, small sculptures of elephants and rhinos, key holders and other ornaments painted in the colours of the South African flag.Mabhena said it was a happy time for both the tourists and for his business. “We got to exchange cultures. With my conversational French I was able to sit with some of the tourists and chat about life and the amazing experience of the World Cup. We talked about our favourite teams and players, and I taught them how to play the legendary vuvuzela.”He said tourists felt safe in the township and spent time before and after games enjoying the culture, food and drinks at local spots close to where he worked. “It was amazing how free everyone was. I taught some of the visitors how to sing and dance South African style, it was a lot of fun. The best part was making sales … many of the tourists thought my stuff was magnifique (magnificent, in French) and bon marché (cheap, in French).”Mabhena said he is still hard at work keeping up with a number of orders for “local treasures” – such as calabashes and animal sculptures – which foreigners want packaged and sent back to them as a reminder of their time in Africa.“The crafts painted with South African flags were also quite popular with many tourists – they also asked me to tailor-make some crafts painted with their countries’ flags too.”A recipe for successDuring the 2010 tournament Ntabiseng Molefe and Lufuno Mgomane were based a few kilometres from Soccer City, which hosted the opening and closing matches. They learned Portuguese so they could chat to fans supporting their food business. “We sold plates and plates of pap and tripe, a local delicacy,” said Molefe.“Business is a bit slow now because there isn’t the same flow of people coming to the stadium, however, we have used the money we made during that time to pay for baking and cooking classes so we can open a small shop and sell food,” said Mgomane.She said many World Cup tourists asked them to write out the recipes and ingredients of the food they sold, so the fans could make the dishes back home. “Many were willing to pay for the recipes, but we were happy to give it to them for free. A lot of them insisted so, well, we were not going to refuse money.”Breaking into new markets“I made a killing on vuvuzelas,” said Siphamandla Njilo. “ I was just travelling around fan parks and along stadium routes all over Gauteng with vuvuzelas and flags. Within two hours I would be rushing back home to get more vuvuzelas and make more orders because tourists loved them so much and snapped them up within minutes.”Njilo said he couldn’t believe how popular the loud plastic horns were. “It was crazy … everyone wanted to blow one, it was all you could hear from any part of South Africa. It may have irritated some, but it excited me because I made major money from it.”As with the other vendors, Njilo said he is still enjoying the financial benefits of the World Cup. “Ive put my money away and want to go to school to learn how to make crafts that celebrate football and African culture. I could send these overseas to be sold there. I think I’ll do well, I saw how many foreign visitors loved African craft and I want to break into that market.”last_img read more

New compound could stop mosquitoes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest You may someday hear less of that buzzing sound.A team led by scientists from The Ohio State University and Vanderbilt University has taken the next step toward developing an improved, sustainable mosquito insecticide — one that won’t cause the biting, sometimes-disease-carrying pests to become resistant to it.If successful, their work could one day help fight the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika and malaria.In an article published last fall in the journal Scientific Reports, Ohio State entomologists Peter Piermarini and Reed Johnson, Vanderbilt pharmacologist Jerod Denton, and colleagues reported several new findings about a mosquito-killing compound they’ve been studying, including that it seems safe for adult honey bees.Piermarini and Johnson are faculty members in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. They’re based at the college’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster.Called VU041, the experimental compound targets a mosquito’s kidneys — or Malpighian tubules, to be exact — instead of its nervous system, as most current mosquito insecticides do. By doing that, Piermarini said, the new compound bypasses a mosquito’s mechanisms for developing resistance.Insecticide resistance is a “major challenge” in controlling mosquitoes, Piermarini said. It can hamstring efforts to control new mosquito-borne disease outbreaks when they occur, such as when Zika was detected last year in mosquitoes in parts of Miami, Florida — the first finding of the virus in mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. Zika can cause birth defects in babies borne to infected mothers.Resistance also can shrink what’s already a “very limited” arsenal of usable mosquito insecticides, Piermarini said.“Most of the current mosquito insecticides target the nervous system, and in some cases, resistance to one of those insecticides leads to resistance to others,” he said. Because of that, he said, “We need to develop new insecticides that are toxic to mosquitoes via new mechanisms if we want to develop an effective chemical toolkit for controlling mosquitoes.”VU041 works by affecting certain potassium channels in the kidneys of adult mosquitoes, which shuts down the kidneys themselves. Potassium channels are types of proteins that regulate functions in cells.The effect is problematic for female mosquitoes, because they, not the males, are the ones that feed on blood. Drinking all that liquid — equal to two to three times their body weight — makes them have to urinate.But female mosquitoes treated with VU041 can’t go. They can’t excrete the salts and fluid that come from the blood they ingest. Result: They swell up and die. “In some cases,” Denton said in a Vanderbilt press release, “they just pop.”For the study, the scientists looked specifically at VU041’s effects on the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti, the main transmitter of Zika, and Anopheles gambiae, a leading vector of malaria. They found, for example, that it:is toxic when applied to a mosquito’s cuticle, or outside surface;is toxic to mosquitoes resistant to current insecticides;doesn’t hurt adult honey bees, but further safety testing would be needed on honey bees’ other life stages and also on other insect species, including other beneficial pollinators.“We included honey bee toxicity in the study because of concerns that existing insecticides used for mosquito and agricultural pest control are contributing to a decline in beneficial insects, such as honey bees and other pollinators,” Piermarini said. “We certainly don’t want to solve one problem, mosquitoes, by contributing to another one, honey bee decline.”The team also determined that VU041 “moderately inhibits” a single potassium channel present in human heart tissue — a red flag in terms of its safety around people — but that a tweaked version called VU730 avoids the problem while still being effective against mosquitoes.Taken together, the study’s findings suggest that VU041 or VU730 could serve as a chemical “scaffold” for creating a sprayed insecticide, Piermarini said.“We’re still in the discovery stage of this research, so it could easily be five to 10 years away for a potential usable product,” he said. “But it’s an important step forward in our initial work that demonstrated that potassium channels in the kidneys of mosquitoes are valuable molecular targets for the development of new insecticides.”last_img read more

Live well longer

first_imgGone are the maalishwallahs from the banks of the Hooghly, the age-old practice of an oil massage in its new avatar is here in Kolkata spas. And the city is taking to it like a fish to water. Whether it’s a traditional foot massage or an elaborate Ayurveda ritual, people,Gone are the maalishwallahs from the banks of the Hooghly, the age-old practice of an oil massage in its new avatar is here in Kolkata spas. And the city is taking to it like a fish to water. Whether it’s a traditional foot massage or an elaborate Ayurveda ritual, people in Kolkata are appreciating the nuances of holistic health. Top-end spas at luxury hotels have been doing brisk business since the early years of the past decade while standalone spas have lately started mushrooming in various parts of the city. However, at the end, it is the quality of the service that matters, point out spa owners and managers unequivocally. With people willing to pay anything for the best, competition is cut-throat. Fitness isn’t far behind either; the modern-day gymnasiums with a host of international branded fitness gear and loud chartbusters to boost the energy levels are drawing in hordes of people across various age groups. Adding to the fun are newer exercise techniques like Bollywood dance and krav maga, to name a few. Panelists choose spas with excellent packages and gyms with the best equipment. Simply Kolkata takes a look at the 10 best health and wellness facilities.Spa manager Sweta Tyagi at Club PranaClub PranaRating 8.5/10Rose petals, relaxing aromas, an air of quietude and refreshing energy greet guests at Club Prana. Spread across 12,000 sq ft, the place takes its name from the Sanskrit word for ‘life force’. The spa offers seven treatment rooms, named Prayag, Lotus, Marigold, Agni, Soundarya, Tulsi and Dhanwantari. Agni is used for couple treatment. Each treatment room, done up in light tones, is embellished with relevant knick-knacks to accentuate the atmosphere and the particular therapy being given. “The hydrotherapy sections is one of the finest in the city,” says spa manager Sweta Tyagi, 29. Various European treatments such as Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone and deep tissue massages and Ayurveda therapies like Ilakizhi (hot herbal bundles), Udhwarthanam (body scrub) and Shirodhara (oscillation of warm medicated oil on the forehead) are on offer. Where: Hyatt Regency, JA 1, Sector 3, Salt Lake City.Tel: 23351234; Light wooden flooring and natural light impart an airy look to the spa.Training: Therapists certified by international beauty and health therapy institutions like CIBTAC (Confederation of International Beauty Therapy And Cosmetology).Royal treatment: The Prana time traveller programme offers Oriental salt scrub, feet and body massages.Cost: Treatments range between Rs 2,000 and Rs 7,000.advertisementSpa in-charge Lalchhanhimi SailoOberoi Spa and Fitness Centre Rating: 9/10Despite overlooking an arterial road, the Oberoi Spa and Fitness Centre has an island-like feel, the pin-drop silence and a relaxing aroma are suitable additives. A single point of entry from the hotel lobby leads the guest to the spa, which has two therapy suites, a treatment room, a salon, separate wet sections for men and women and a well-equipped gymnasium. The spacious therapy suites are luxurious and relaxing and purple orchids on white linen add a refreshing touch. From the amount of pressure to the fragrance in the room or the oils applied, everything pertaining to any of the therapies or treatments can be customised. While the guest is being welcomed into the suites with a foot ritual, the therapist poses questions about any health issues or areas to avoid during any treatment. Guests can choose from bergamot, lemongrass, jasmine or eucalyptus for the incense and euphoria, melody or invigorating oil for the treatment. The lights are dimmed and soft instrumental music plays in the background while the therapist’s fingers begin to work their magic. “The tried and tested treatments make our guests return time and again,” says spa in-charge Lalchhanhimi Sailo, 30. “The Balinese treatment comes a close second to the Oberoi massage,” she adds.Where: The Oberoi Grand, 15 JL Nehru Road.Tel: 22492323; www.oberoihotels.comAmbience: Formal and stately, the spa radiates warmth and colonial charm.Training: The trainers undergo extensive training at any of the Oberoi Vilas properties.Royal treatment: The Oberoi therapy is a customised treatment routine for releasing muscular knots.Cost: Ranging from Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,500.Minu Budhia, the director at AddlifeAddlifeRating: 8/10It is hard to not get swayed by the grooving energy at Addlife when you see fitness enthusiasts on the treadmills or cross-trainers. The location of the gym works greatly to its advantage. Busy executives can have a quick workout before rushing off to work. When the 6,500 sq ft-gymnasium at the shopping and dining destination was up for grabs, director Minu Budhia, 46, seized the opportunity. However, she revamped the place to give it a more warm and comfortable look. Memberships to the gym aren’t easy to obtain, the director screens every member personally before giving admission. They are provided with customised fitness charts and exercise routines by the trainers. They can also avail therapeutic or relaxing massages and facials at the compact spa alongside the gymnasium. An interactive juice bar helps you grab a post-workout quick bite and healthy juices and salads. While the cardio section boasts of five treadmills, four cross-trainers, two cycles and a rowing machine, other gym equipment such as pec decks, smith machines, lat pulleys, bosu balls, kettle bells, Swiss balls and resistance bands are found abundantly in the gym. Where: Block A, 5th Floor, 22 Camac Street.Tel: 40013701; Rows of fitness equipment lend a busy look as peppy music charges up the spaceTraining: Trainers are certified by Progressive Fitness, a standard fitness education programme for trainers and instructors.Royal treatment: Most of the equipment at the gymnasium is from Precor, USA.Cost: An annual individual membership with gym and spa benefits costs Rs 35,000.advertisementDe-stressing massage at Kaya KalpKaya Kalp Rating: 9.5/10 The coolness from the waterbodies, the enduring aromas of oils and herbs and the picturesque setting of the spa at ITC Sonar greet the guest for a truly sensory experience. Minimalism is the keyword in the architectural design. Cleanliness and natural light from almost all sides add to the spaciousness of the15000 sq ft area. Narrow corridors lined by wooden walls and cool black floors lend a warm and cosy look. Wooden beds used for Ayurveda treatments hang on the corridor walls. The relaxation area is magical in the evenings when rows of candles are lit. The red and white colour scheme across the spa and the liberal garnish of Indian spices across the interiors catch the eye. A range of revitalising body treatments such as pomegranate sugar scrub, Indian aromasoul rice exfoliation and Himalayan clay body envelopment is offered alongside relaxation rituals like the hot stone massage, gemstone massage, traditional Thai massage, sacred nature nourish massage, deep tissue massage and the tension reliever massage. Aromatic Indian oil blends, de-stressing massage strokes and a peaceful ambience ensure a complete sensory experience.Where: ITC Sonar, 1 JBS Haldane Avenue. Tel: 23454545; The secluded retreat surrounded by waterbodies has an aura of tranquility and romance.Training: Both Indian and Thai therapists are trained at the Kaya Kalp Academy at ITC Mughal, Agra.Royal treatment: The Kaya Kalp Massage relaxes the body and relieves muscular tension.Cost: Treatments range between Rs 2,000 and Rs 7,000.Manager Carolann Hooper at SolaceSolace Day Spa and Wellness CentreRating: 7.5/10Behind the black gates that swing open to reveal a white colonial bungalow and green lawns, every inch of the wellness centre speaks of destressing. With its holistic approach to beauty, health and wellness, Solace is a curious mix of two spaces. On the ground floor is the remarkably silent and soothing spa, the swimming pool and the energetic gymnasium while the activity studio above is abuzz every evening. Since its inception in September 2003, Solace has always pioneered the concept of wellness through its various initiatives, whether providing spa services at highly affordable rates or introducing the first Reebok-certified studio for aerobics. Evenings at the activity studio on the first floor are choc-a-bloc with programmes ranging from body sculpting and circuit training to pilates and krav maga. At the swimming pool, aqua aerobics and aquatherapy find maximum takers. “We will soon be introducing the rainbow programme, which is an amazing combination of yoga and colour therapy,” says manager Carolann Hooper, 39. The spa offers a wide range of facial and body treatments and massages using a variety of essential oils like rose, geranium, jasmine, mogra, sandalwood, lime and ginger, bitter orange and bergamot, eucalyptus and black pepper and camphor and fennel.Where: 4 Sunny Park. Tel: 2461566; Old world architecture and a serene air co-exist with lively energy in the gym and studio.Training: The trainers at the gymnasium are certified by FISAF (Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness)Royal treatment: The spa uses Eminence and Forest Essentials products only for the various treatments.Cost: Annual gym packages are priced at Rs 37,000.advertisementStaff at AuraAuraRating: 8/10Overlooking the poolside blue of The Park and away from the buzz of the restaurants and the entertainment zones downstairs, Aura Spa is the hotel’s little haven of peace and relaxation. The seven treatment rooms with different names and colour schemes include an Ayurvedic room called Ananda (green), a single suite, Soundarya (purple) and a suite for couples, Prem (red), besides Samriddhi and Gyaan (yellow) and Shiva and Shakti (blue). The therapists are skilled to perform Thai, Swedish, Balinese, aromatherapy, ayurveda and other contemporary treatments. The suite for couples offers special packages replete with fruit platters, champagne flutes and milk and rose petal baths. The spa offers annual membership to select guests following an eloborate screening of their profiles. However, the location of the ladies wet section on the lower floor is a dampener.Where: The Park, 17 Park Street.Tel: 40049000; Strong fragrance and splashes of colour make the spa youthful and soothing.Training: Trainers from the hotel chain’s Chennai outfit coach the therapists.Royal treatment: The Aura massage softens the skin and releases body toxins.Cost: Packages range from Rs 4,500 to Rs 15,000.A therapy at Amoda SpaAmoda SpaRating: 7/10Located in one of the premium shop-and-dine destinations in the heart of the city, the 3000 sq ft Amoda Spa has a distinct advantage of location; stressed executives can relax in the cool environs of the spa after a busy day at work. “I started Amoda with the intention of making easily available to the people of Kolkata the best therapies and well-trained therapists,” says Baid Group managing director Pushpesh Baid, 30. Baid Group deals with textiles, jewellery, metals, lifestyle and electronics. Bringing together a spa by day and a lounge by night, Amoda gave Kolkatans a unique concept, when it opened in September 2009. However, the French windows in the reflexology area are a terrible let down.Where: Ground Floor, 22 Camac Street.Tel: 40013100, 40013899; The black granite floor, the white collage frames and graphic designs on the walls make for an interesting backdrop.Training: All the therapists are coached at the spa’s training unit.Royal treatment: The Amoda Destress massage soothes tense muscles and allows free flow of healing energy.Cost: Packages range from Rs 1,200 to Rs 4,000.A Thai massage in progressThai SpaRating: 7/10While four outlets of the Thai Spa chain are located in shopping destinations, namely South City, Mani Square, City Centre and Alipore Enclave, the fifth address is on Short Street. “When I introduced Thai Spa in 2008, a mall in a retail atmosphere wasn’t a common concept,” says owner Shrivardhan Daga, 33. The interiors of all the spas are more or less the same with little variation in terms of area and layout. Oriental figurines with folded palms and fragrances of essential oils welcome the guest to the 2,000 sq ft at Alipore spa with five treatment rooms. The interiors are minimalist yet inviting while Oriental music plays in the background. The ever-smiling Thai as well as Indian girls in traditional Thai costume offer various therapies almost without uttering a word. The treatments in the Nuat Thai techniques are inspired by the lessons of Lord Buddha’s physician, Jivaka Komalaboat. An hour-long Thai aroma foot spa comprises a green tea ginger foot soak and oriental herbal polish followed by a traditional Thai massage and stretching exercises. While reflexology and foot spas are the most popular treatments others services include Swedish, hot stone, Thai dry massage and aroma body detox.Where: 17/1F, 3rd floor, Alipore Enclave.Ph: 40070396/97; www.thethaispaindia.comAmbience: Dimly lit, restful and relaxing with gurgling sounds of water in the background.Training: Trainers from Thailand are flown in intermittently to train the therapists.Royal treatment: The Royal Thai body massage exerts pressure on specific points and works on muscles, ligaments and the spine.Cost: Prices range from Rs 450 to Rs 4,500.CEO MJ Robertson, Dr Inde and Dr KrishnaSanjeeva Medical Spa Rating: 9.5/10A sense of calm and well-being sweeps over the moment you step into Sanjeeva Medical Spa at Vedic Village. Overlooking the natural lake of Vedic Village, the French windows in the foyer ensure a harmonious confluence of the quiet indoors and the peaceful outdoors. On the floor of the lower level of the spa is the emblem of the circle of life that is emblazoned at strategic locations across the resort as well. Offering the choicest therapies in Ayurveda and naturopathy, the 15,000 sq ft spa has 14 treatment rooms and three onsite doctors, who treat evidence-based problems. “We have qualified Panchakarma (five different procedures used in Ayurveda, believed to purify the body) doctors with considerable experience in hospitals as well,” says CEO MJ Robertson, 60. Even before a guest arrives at Vedic Village, he is in touch with the doctors, who gather his medical history and decide on a course of treatment through video-conferencing or consultation at the city outlet in a leading hospital. While Ayurveda therapies include Abhyangam (basic Satvic massage), Swedanam (Ayurvedic steam bath), Padaghata (body massage using feet), various Shiropakrama (head and scalp treatments), Sandhi Paricharana (joint and spinal care) and Pancha-karma among others, the naturopathy and wellness treatments offer acupressure, deep tissues and therapeutic massages and exotic revitalising and detoxifying therapies.Where: Vedic Village, Shikharpur, Rajarhat.Ph: 66229900; www.thevedicvillage.comAmbience: Pristine natural beauty makes it the perfect haven to relax and rejuvenate.Training: The spa has three onsite doctors, who are MD’s Panchakarma therapies.Royal treatment: Aarogyam is a special face therapy with medicated oil and a herbal hair pack.Cost: Prices range from Rs 500 to Rs 12,000 for various treatments.Director Divya Himatsingka at Gold’s GymGold’s Gym Rating: 8.5/10A row of furiously moving treadmills frames one wall of the gymnasium while trainers in red motivate people on the floor at Gold’s Gym on JL Nehru Road. A man in blue helps a lady with her crunches, the colour of his T-shirt indicates that his hour as a personal trainer is reserved solely for one member. TV screens hang in front of the treadmills and stationary bikes so you could catch up on the day’s news updates or listen to music. Since it opened its doors on June 2006, Gold’s Gym has seen changing attitudes towards fitness among the people of Kolkata. “The awareness is more and people are keen on looking fit. Zumba, the Latin-inspired fitness programme has become quite a rage here,” says director Divya Himatsingka, 35. Besides the regular gym routines, there is a variety of group exercises like pilates, Bollywood dance, yoga, spinning and cy-yo that help break the monotony. Various workshops are also held in the gym from time to time.Where: 5th Floor, 57 JL Nehru RoadTel: 30580300-02 www.goldsgymindia.comAmbience: Loud pulsating music fills the well-lit 8000 sq ft space. Bright and cheerful with posters all around.Training: Most of the trainers here are certified by Progressive Fitness.Royal treatment: Group exercises are offered free of cost for the first three months of the membership.Cost: Packages range from Rs 3,000 to Rs 33,000. PanelistsJaya Misra, Fashion designerWhen she’s not busy, she heads to spas.Rituparna Sengupta, ActressA fitness enthusiast.Neelanjana, Producer She finds instant nirvana in a rejuvenating spa.June Maliah, Actress Wellness is something she can’t do without in life.last_img read more